Sunday 26 March 2017

The Way We Wear: The style message from the street

Nadine Halligan, Mia O'Connell, Dessislava Oberholtzer, Cliona Murray.
Nadine Halligan, Mia O'Connell, Dessislava Oberholtzer, Cliona Murray.

Name: Nadine Halligan

Age: 33

Profession: Personal Assistant

From: Dublin

Wearing: Dress by Theory, €120, and shoes by Kurt Geiger, €120, both from House of Fraser. Necklace, €22, River Island. Bag, €20, Dorothy Perkins.



  • What is your favourite shop?

House of Fraser.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A black biker jacket by Bastyan for €75 reduced from €260 from Brown Thomas.



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A pair of black and gold, patent, platform, sling-back heels by Jimmy Choo for €600 from Brown Thomas.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Audrey Hepburn and the worst is Amy Winehouse.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Manolo Blahnik.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €200.



  • What or who influences your style?

I choose clothes that suit my shape rather than what's "in".



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

This necklace.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Wearing blue eyeliner when I was a teenager.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love shoes and I hate the pressure placed on young girls to look a certain way.

Name: Mia O'Connell

Age: 25

Profession: Fashion Designer

From: Blackrock, Dublin

Wearing: Dress, €395, and collar, €120, both by Mia O'Connell, The Design Centre, Powerscourt Townhouse. Headpiece by Mia O'Connell, €65, etsy.com. Boots, €120, Aldo.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Bow Boutique in Powerscourt Townhouse.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A small, black leather, vintage satchel with silver studs for £5 from The Harlequin because I found £300 inside!



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A red chiffon dress with bands of velvet by John Rocha for €295 from a sample sale in Dublin.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Coco Chanel and the worst is Lisa Simpson.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Givenchy.



  • How much would you spend on clothes every month?

About €200.



  • What or who influences your style?

Photography, movement and my own fashion designs.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A black, fringed scarf by Tim Ryan for €115 from Bow Boutique.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

I bought a very unflattering green tartan trapeze coat from Oxfam.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love the confidence and freedom that it can provide and I hate how high fashion is only aimed at skinny people; it should be for everyone.

Name: Dessislava Oberholtzer

Age: 42

Profession: Fashion Designer

From: Bulgaria

Wearing: Jacket by Nougat, about €150, a boutique in Portlaoise. Shirt by Peter O'Brien, €70, A wear. Trousers, €3, H&M. Headpiece by Dessislava Oberholtzer, €325, The Design Centre, Powerscourt Townhouse. Collar, borrowed from Jean Cronin in The Loft, Powerscourt Townhouse. Brooch, a gift. Boots, €65, a store in Bulgaria.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Kalu Boutique in Naas.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

A lamb and fox fur vintage coat passed down to me from my grandmother.



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A baby-pink cocktail dress with beige polka-dots and small bows by Valentino for €1,200 from a friend's boutique.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Cate Blanchett and the worst is Katie Price.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Alexander McQueen.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

Between nothing at all and €500.



  • What or who influences your style?

Breaking from the norm and different structures in my environment; maybe a sunset or a beautiful building.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

A fuchsia pink lipstick by Dior for €27 from the airport.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

My very unflattering debs dress worn with a perm.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love the freedom to express who you are and I hate the judgments people pass.

Name: Clíona Murray

Age: 26

Profession: Secondary school teacher

From: Cork

Wearing: Jacket by Fornarina, €70, Brown Thomas. Skirt, €5, Wild Child. Scarf, a gift. Bag, I found it in my granddad's attic. Boots, €120, Aldo.



  • What is your favourite shop?

Wild Child.



  • What was your best bargain buy?

This jacket.



  • What is the most expensive fashion item you have ever bought?

A pair of black, knee-high, flat winter boots for €160 from Topshop.



  • Who do you think are the best and worst dressed celebrities or style icons?

The best is Alexa Chung and the worst is Cheryl Cole.



  • What is your favourite label or designer?

Chanel.



  • Approximately how much would you spend on clothes every month?

Between €100 and €500.



  • What or who influences your style?

Colour and comfort.



  • What was the last fashion item you bought?

This skirt.



  • What was your worst fashion mistake?

Trying to bleach my hair.



  • Name one thing you love and one thing you hate in fashion.

I love people who don't follow trends and I hate false tan.

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